A lot of people cannot seem to help but think that creativity is something that not everyone has. More often than not, people think that this is something that people are born with.
Those who are said to be naturally creative are able to think out of the box and figure out ways on how they can be different from the rest of the crowd.
What a lot of people do not seem to realize is that being creative is also a skill that can be honed and cultivated so that people can become better overall. Being creative will not happen overnight. There are certain habits that people must do in order to start experiencing their creative streak.
Creative thinking can start as soon as possible with the help of these 7 simple habits:
1. They like what they do
If there is one thing that can be said about creative people, it is the fact that they like what they are doing. It can be hard to become creative if people are not passionate about something. For instance, those who paint cannot paint properly when they are not inspired or when they do not have a vision. Trying to paint without anything in mind will not lead to work that can be called inspiring and different. Also, when people work on things that they like, they tend to appreciate each step that they take and they do not find it too tiring.
“The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions”. – Andre Maurois
2. They figure out skills that can cultivate their talents
This means that people who are highly creative are able to figure out what things can be connected to their current passion. For instance, a swimmer can also take up rowing because it allows them to still be near the water but in a different way. People who love cooking may also want to take up management because it can go hand in hand in the future. This means that people who already have their natural skills are more than willing to cultivate more skills in order to become extremely good at what they aim to be.
3. They adapt to change quickly
One of the downfalls of people who are creative but are not effective is they are reluctant to go with the changing times. They are reluctant to go with change simply because they are not used to it. When people are creative and effective this is being able to adapt to the changes that are hurled by life quickly. They can also be flexible depending on what other people expect from them without forgetting the fact that they need to showcase their creativity and their uniqueness.
4. They dream
Some people are judged when they daydream because most people think that this is something that people who have nothing better to do, do. Actually, daydreaming can help people think of the next big ideas that they are going to do depending on what their current craft is. When people daydream, they should not think about this as something that is negative because it is not. Rather, it should be something positive as long as it does not interfere with work.
5. They are not afraid to collaborate
It seems that one of the problems of creative people is their tendency to shut off others when they are working. It is okay to do projects alone if the project calls for it but there are times when creative minds need to think together because two is better than one when it comes to certain tasks. When creative and effective people are not scared to collaborate, they tend to be more open minded about the things that are handed down to them. As a result, they are able to maintain their creativity and at the same time, create a good, working relationship with the people that they work with.
“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits”. – Twyla Tharp
6. They feed their minds
Creative people cannot just use and reuse old ideas over and over again. They have to make sure that they will feed their minds with new things. They can do this with the help of various things and ideas. This can be done by being exposed to stories, to new experiences, to new people and sometimes even things that are being taken for granted. When people feed their minds, they are able to come up with new ideas easily.
7. They follow their intuition (Most of the time)
There are a lot of times when creative people are expected to do everything simply because they are creative but if they think that they will not get anything out of it or they will not be effective in doing it, they are also not allowed to say no. They basically follow their intuition regarding the tasks that they are going to do. If they feel that they can do a task well then they make sure that they do it well. If they know they cannot, they tell people about it too. Of course people are also expected to take risks at times but most of the time, following their intuition may be the best thing to do.
With all of these things in mind, picking up a tip or two on how to make sure that people will stay creative is something that should be done. People’s creative juices will flow and will create wonderful things in the future.